The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion

Past Events

2021

February-March 2021: Nonviolent Communication Training
Instructor Rebecca Stephans led this 5-week online training for USM Graduate Students and Staff who'd participated in prior NVC groups.

March 2021:  What is Ours to Do to Bring Change?
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain spoke during the online Sunday Services at Unity of Greater Portland.

April 2021:  Balancing Hope and Fear: Resourcing Concerned Citizens for Sustainable Environmental Justice Work
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain and Dr. Brooke Lavelle, founder of the Courage of Care Coalition, presented this webinar from the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

April 2021:  Reclaiming Resilience and Community: a Workshop for BIPOC
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain co-facilitated this workshop from the Courage of Care Coalition. 

April-July 2021:  Balancing Hope and Fear: an Ecological Justice course
This weekly course (in two sections) was offered to climate activists.  Facilitators included Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain and USM Professor of Digital Art and Foundations Jan Piribeck.

June 2021:  Embodied Equity, Justice, and Leadership Institute
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain was one of the facilitators for this two-day workshop for organizational leaders and team members committed to transformative change, as well as for the weekly follow-up sessions throughout July.

June  2021:  Summer Antiracism Institute
Dr. Rebecca Nisetich and Dr. Vaishali Mamgain offered this collaborative, intensive workshop series to support faculty to cultivate antiracist practices in their work for the university and in their lives.

June-July 2021:  Compassion Practices for Decolonization
This practice group was offered to USM students, staff, and faculty who participated in the February, March, or April "Interacting with Wabanaki Maine History" workshops through Wabanaki REACH.

July 2021:  Courage of Care Summer Intensive
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain joined Kai Horton, Miko Brown, and others as faculty for the Courage of Care Summer Intensive.

 

Touching Earth with Dr. Melanie Harris  (video)

 

 

Alone With My Memories with Dr. Michelle Chatman (video)


2020

November 2020: Nonviolent Communication Training 
Instructor Rebecca Stephans led this 5-week online training for USM Graduate Students.

September 2020: Pandemic As Portal: Loving the Earth and Each Other in a Time of Crises
Dr. Brooke Lavelle, founder of the Courage of Care Coalition offered this two-day online retreat for social, racial, and environmental activists to help us connect and support each other’s work.

August 2020: Nonviolent Communication Training
Instructor Rebecca Stephans led this 5-week online training for USM faculty and staff. 

July 2020: Witnessing Circles
A 4-week online group for USM faculty and staff.

July 2020:  Cognitive Reset I & II
Professors Vaishali Mamgain and Richard Bilodeau shared their research and introduced practices that engender empathy and enhance creativity and learning in this two-part workshop series for USM faculty.

June 2020:  Summer Antiracism Institute
Dr. Rebecca Nisetich and Dr. Vaishali Mamgain offered this collaborative, intensive workshop series to support faculty and staff to cultivate antiracist practices in their work for the university and in their lives.

January-May 2020:  Faculty/Staff Antiracism Book Group
Dr. Rebecca Nisetich and Dr. Vaishali Mamgain co-facilitated this practice and discussion group for USM faculty and staff. 

January-May 2020:  Faculty/Staff Compassion and Love Training
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this practice and discussion group for USM faculty and staff.

Cultural Compassion and Radical Love with Dr. Lenwood Hayman 

 

2019

September-December 2019: Faculty/Staff Antiracism Book Group
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain, Penthea Burns, and Dr. Rebecca Nisetich co-facilitated this practice and discussion group for USM faculty and staff. 

September-December 2019: Faculty/Staff Nonviolent Communication Workgroup
Instructor Rebecca Stephans led this training and practice group for USM faculty and staff.

Peeling Away the Masks with Dr. Monika Son

 

The Art of Seeing with Rev. Wolf Richards

 

2018

Fierce Compassion with Dr. Kamilah Majied

 

Uncovering a Wellspring of Compassion with Dr. John Makransky

 

The Courage of Compassion with Dr. Brooke D. Lavelle